This time last year I had promised myself I would finish a half marathon; this is where I am now. I set out to achieve my goal, achieved it, and now looking for my next fix. It’s been a couple of weeks since, and this is how I did it.
I think it goes without saying that I am no expert, and I’m sharing my experiences with you all.
I’ve been a runner for about 3ish years now, so I’m no novice. I started signing up for running events last year, my first being the 10km run for the Medibank Marathon. Ever since then it has become an obsession.
Ingredients for a strong mentality –
Starting to run from scratch is very challenging, I started back in December 2014 with short runs around my block. I clocked about 2 km each time 3 to 4 times each week. I ran as often as I could, it didn’t matter the distance. Consistency is the key to success.
I think the most important thing about this earlier stage in your running ‘career’ is to not be too harsh on yourself. It’s ok to not beat your personal best, or not be able to properly finish. I think with building any new habit, you need to be patient. Being too hard on yourself will become a mental block that may discourage you from getting better. After all, you’re running for yourself and for no one else. Go at your own pace.
Originally I had decided to start running to lose weight, and that kept me going for a couple of months. I ended up running on and off during that year, and I didn’t prioritise it as much as I initially did. Eventually, I stopped altogether. But I think the key to longevity is to have a meaningful purpose.
What’s mine you ask?
- I hope to run 2 to 3 half marathons next year.
- I hope to be able to run a full marathon in the next 2 to 3 years.
- I hope to qualify and run Boston before I turn 30.
I followed this plan loosely, linked here.
Since I was already a runner, I felt like training for the half marathon wasn’t too big of a stretch. Distance wise I was easily clocking about 15 – 20 km each week before I started taking it seriously. What was a big shock to me was that I actually had to go to the gym and do extra weight and cross training! Before then I didn’t realise you lose a lot of muscle from running. It made a big difference, especially on the runs that were a long distance. The toll of running on your knees is unbelievable.
Thanks for stopping by, I might post a second post about this subject. I like to keep things short and sweet, but if I find anything else that’s relevant I’ll probably add it. Feel free to DM me or comment below if you have any questions.